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proud son of aaron. st. patrick's day is nearly here, and we're just about ready to go where the whiskey flows after a week of the not so lucky charms of republicans and their gift to harness the gift of gab on the campaign trail. we were made to endure romneyesque humor. >> i need you all to vote. by the way, you're allowed to vote multiple times by getting a friend to go with you. i know this is chicago. i had to clarify that. >> ha, ha, ha, unbearably funny as always. there are signs the fun may
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carry to the general election with the massachusetts governor gaining the lead in the next marquee state, illinois. romney taking a 35% lead in a new state poll. a four-point advantage over santorum. romney is jetting this afternoon to sunny puerto rico where he'll have a near beer or a virgin colado to kick off the weekend. we can't wait to hear how mitt matches up. >> i was referred to by many in my state. >> however, we can guess that romney will not try to replicate the santorum sand storm over puerto rican state hood. mr. santorum is back peddling. >> english has to be learned a
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as language. this needs to be a bilingual country, not just a spanish speaking, right now it's overwhelming spanish speaking. at least he didn't say spanish is the language of the ghetto. he did try to sell a little sympathy with a mention of his immigrants roots. as the son of an italian immigrant myself, i continue to believe that english is the language of opportunity in america under statehood or the current status. in other words, kiss me, i'm an italian. it's newt gingrich who has had the luck of the irish by his own words finding the very pot of gold at the end of the rainbow like the little leprechun that he is. >> i love animals. i love the process of interacting with people. i like learning. i'm cheerful every day because in my mind every day is cool. i'm still here. >> it's cool.
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it's friday. we're all still here. it wouldn't be a st. paddy's day show without a little song. here is it from letterman last night. martin short with its raining mitt. ♪ it's going to start raining mitt ♪ ♪ it's raining mitt ♪ holy haircut he's a hit ♪ there's a future in sight ♪ where all our trees are the right height ♪ >> let's get to our panel this afternoon. michael eric dyson. karen finney. karen, the polls tell us romney is ahead in illinois. he's also spent $3.3 million in advertising thus far as against
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just $116,000 by santorum. how defuddled must romney be. he panders. he out spent santorum. he's better organized than santorum. >> they just don't really like him unless he spends a lot of money. it's going to be like eight to one in spending. the problem that i think we have seen and talked about this all along, there are fractures within the republican party. so far no one person and people are blaming it on the calendar, i think you have to blame it on the candidates because no one person has been able to garner support broadly across the party, across the country. mitt's coming as close as anybody but he's using a lot of money. >> i'm glad you didn't say what
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i thought you were going to say. he's had victories in alabama and mississippi. these republicans seem to suffer a loss of self-control after a victory. english as a first language in puerto rico. what happened? >> i think the thing about rick santorum is there's a reason he was on the under card until very cently. he did lose the statewide election badly. i feel like he's never been ready for prime time. he campaigns well. those people that get excited about him in person, go out and vote for him. people that see mitt are less excited by him, i think. he's not somebody that seems presidential and he didn't have the self-control that you would in a presidential candidate. romney has that almost too much control. >> absolutely. >> i don't know if that comes across as well. >> professor dyson, the
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candidates are arguing where god as his sights in the republican race. take a listen to mitt romney on fox. >> an aids said this week it will take an act of god for rick santorum to get the nominee. do you stand by that? >> i'd say, look, anybody has a shot of becoming the nominee. >> romney, sir, was being rather diplomatic but santorum has not staked himself out as the religious candidate almost like the prophet isiah. >> i'm sorry, i was getting a communicate from god who said i don't know any of these fellas. to use god in such a youal tear yan fashion, not your faith to inform your concern, care and compassion for the least of these as the bible clearly tells us, but to use it for
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self-interest and self-promotion -- >> why else does god exist apart from that? i don't understand what you're talking about. >> obviously, for our purposes to realize our grand ambitions. the reality here is that the use of god in that way is a shame. a lot of these people harken back to martin luther king jr. to suggest they are doing the same thing. he used his perch as a gospel minister and inform about the need that is were universal. they seem to be taking their religious perspectives to reinforce their narrow religious purpose to make the rest of the world act the way they do. spirituality makes religion behave right. >> the president's campaign debuted a biopic op sorts depicting president obama's first three years in office taking a personal approach to defend health care reform.
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take a look. >> i regularly told him, you don't have to spill this much political blood. >> he knew from experience, the cost of waiting. >> when my mom got cancer, she wasn't a wealthy woman and it drained her resources. >> doesn't that prove the point that professor dyson made that religious faith, christian faith informs actions that defend minorities and establish justice for all. these candidates invoke god for their own purposes. we have pictures here of mitt romney just landing in puerto rico. what's your response, karen? >> the bible says just not lest ye be judged. let's hope that the role someone's faith plays is informing their value and their character and the way they make decisions. that's the narrative that we've heard from president obama over the last several months and that beautiful speech he gave to the
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national prayer breakfast. how it informed his values. i think the goal of this film was to try to put a frame around here's this guy as a decision maker. this is how he makes decisions. this is how he has governed. let's give you a view of what he'slike as president. >> please, stay with us. we're watching images there of mitt romney just landing in puerto rico. next, it's personal because it's their business. the right wing attack machine snarls in defense of rush. >> it's time to tell these people, you want to fight fire, we've got a whole lot more than you've got. if you want to make an issue of it, we're going to make you rue the day you tried this. ♪ when i grow up,
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with rush limbaugh under fire for his disgraceful remarks for sandra fluke, the conservative media is defending. it's a chance for unleash tom threats at limbaugh's critics. >> it's time to tell these people you want to fight fire, we've got a whole lot more than you've got. if you want to make an issue of it, we're going to make you rue the day you tried this. >> yikes. rush going after professor dyson and myself.
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>> we've seen a slew of polls with varying result ons the president's approval rating from 41% to 50. are the polls broken? >> that's the host on msnbc. are the polls broken? professor dyson, you might want to ask msnbc go back on and try another take. blimey, rush, your accent is materialable. apparently, rush thinks you deserve another chance to air your views. what do you have to say? >> i'm so grateful. his characterization of your accent is far off. he won't be receiving the oscar this year. the point is that mr. limbaugh, we're trying to engage you in civil discourse and conversation. you're welcome to your views. the unprincipled assault of a very well nerable woman who has no backup in the media except a
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fire storm was created and she was given a voice. she was amplified by the millions of us that are out age and those of us that love and support women. this seems to be par for the course for mr. limbaugh, the insensitivity, the refusal to engage in civil dialogue is a characteri characteristic of the far right wing media. >> karen, i understand you were the target of rush's diatribe on wednesday saying all conservatives are racist or worse. you're worthy of contempt. >> it's worse than that. be you ask a question about
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could race have played a role in this. all of a sudden what that translates for rush into you're calling all conservatives racist. there's some other things that he said that i said that i can't repeat on the air. to follow up, the thing was the more he attacked me, i guess i should feel he spent an hour of his time attacking me saying he proved the point. he's not sorry for what he said. he's the same bigoted masogynist that he is. if the right wing wants to go after that and defend him. you for it. that's way for us to show what they are really about. >> professor dyson, the
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inclination to rally around this man doesn't make sense. his comments were disgusting, his apology was rejected. he persists in abusing people like karen finney. i know he has hearing problems, but that doesn't make sense at all. >> if the logic that's driving you is the logic of racial insensitivity and as ms. finney who is not a moeb but an important social critic, she's argued the principles and practices and procedures of those of us trying to make arguments on either side of the aisle whether you're democrat or republican, liberal or conservative, when we talk about these issue, we're speak about human beings here. to assault and suggest they are somehow less than worthy of consideration because they don't happen to agree with you is really crass and indifferent to the protocols of logic of those
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of us in the academy and media abide by. rush limbaugh is being called on on his madness and mess. those of us standing out here have to be willing to take whatever assault he give to us. you cannot dpo around beating up on people of color. you can't beat up on women. you can't beat up on people that don't agree with you. white men shoultd speak up. not just women and people of color. white men should speak up. >> here is the other thing. what limbaugh does is so dangerous. what we're trying to do is have a conversation about some of these issues. let's put them out there. let's con front what we're afraid of and try to move forward as a country. we'll never do that if we have people like rush pulling us back into that cave and fear of rage and anger. it's un-american the way he tries to divide us.
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the one thing i would say on the left is i'm all for taking down limbaugh and calling these guys out. what he did to me was chop up what i said and replay it and decide for himself to decide what i said. i don't want us to get too distracted by that hate. there's so much more we need to do that i think it's important that let's call it out and let him be a small person in the corner and be a fool and let us mover forward with trying to change the country. >> remind me to never say anything offensive about you. yo thank you and thank you so much. >> thank you. >> stay with us. much more ahead. [ male announcer ] let's say you need to take care of legal matters.
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attacking women's reproductive rights seem to be the favorite past time of republicans as of late. lawmakers are passing legislation requiring 24 hour wait periods and in the case of arizona, making it legal for a doctor to with hold vital medical information from a woman if that information could influence the decision about whether to terminate the pregnancy. it seems information is being with held from the politicians leading the charge because they are making some stupid statements about the laws this public. here is the governor of pennsylvania on the state's proposed ultrasound mandate. >> wouldn't change it. we're still waiting to see. >> making them watch, does that go too far in your mind? >> i don't know how you make anybody watch. you just have to close your eyes. as long as it's on exterior, not
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interior. amazing. joining us is sheila jackson lee. >> thank you for having me. >> it's estimated that a quarter of women in texas have no health insurance. now, they're one lifeline, planned parenthood is threatened thanks to republicans blocking federal funds. what is going to be the result for these women in your state? >> martin, first of all i feel that will i'm under siege. i don't know where to turn the i'm a woman beyond childbearing stage. i'm thinking about all the younger women and single parents who have utilized the affiliates of planned parenthood as their access to held care including young women in college. one who gave a testimony who
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said she has been using planned parenthood affiliates. those are dealing with health care, mammograms and other physical issues that women have. i believe the story out of texas just adds insult to injury from pennsylvania to arizona and back to texas also has a sonogram law. what we have done is cut off the lifeline of health care to the state that has the largest number of uninsured persons period. now 130,000 women, 130,000 women, and more to come will now be denied access to health care. we're fighting against it. >> i think people thought that rick's perry damage was done once he left the presidential campaign. here is your governor, thursday on the subject of planned parenthood. listen to this. >> dwoents want planned parenthood and their affiliate who is are in the abortion
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business engaged in this process. it's pretty straight up. >> under federal law the money is not allowed to go to abortions under this program at all. >> well, we would rather be very sure of it. >> well, there you have your governor confused as ever. what is your response to what he just said? >> let's just throw the supreme court decision and federal law under the bus. first of all, the proposition was correct. federal law does not allow these moneys to go to any entities dealing with abortion. it's been well known for decades that planned parenthood has a wonderful system of health care centers that allow access to poor women. women who are in my community and throughout the state who lives have an altered and changed for the better for this. to say we want to be certain, what i ask my governor, can he
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document case where is the federal law has been violated. this program has been going on since the bush administration because the law that was passed that was in essence started in 2005 in the state of texas. we have been serving women since that time. that was under president bush administration. what other administration would have been more astute about making sure that they didn't fund abortion, the bush administration. we have been using this program since that. planned parenthood has been successfully treating sick women, women who have no alternatives and we have been those entities along with other providers. what i want to say to the governor is, someone said, they don't want to see our tax dollars. these are women's tax dollars as well. don't tell us what to do with our tax dollars and frankly, our bodies. this is not a religious entity and therefore we're not violating any religion.
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we're just trying to save lives. >> congresswoman, sheila jackson lee, i'm afraid we have run out of time. >> thank you for having me. >> stay with us. the week's top lines are coming up. ♪ ♪ ♪ pop goes the world ♪ it goes something like this ♪ everybody here is a friend of mine ♪ ♪ everybody, tell me, have you heard? ♪ ♪ pop goes the world ♪ pop goes the world [ female announcer ] pop in a whole new kind of clean with new tide pods... a powerful three-in-one detergent that cleans, brightens, and fights stains. pop in. stand out. make that new stouffer's steam meal so tasty. actually, the milk from my farm makes it so creamy, right dad. ah, but my carrots have that crunch. it's my milk in the rich sauce
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>> i'm surprised he started talking about we are meant hunting down there. >> nooimt a big game hunter. i've always been a rodent and rabbit hunter. >> mitt may have saved his best line for the beautiful belles. >> this is what happens when your state has fewer schools than waffle houses. >> you might be a romney. if you're favorite kind of fireworks is firing people at work. >> we did it again. >> senator santorum is at the desparate end of his campaign. how many say missouri, like i do? a man of constant sorrows. >> people say he can't relate. he's so rich. he can't relate to the rest of us. >> guess what, i made a lot of
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money. >> i was called by some of my colleagues in the united states senate. >> have them speak english. that would be a requirement. you're not doing anybody a favor by not following the law. >> you what? >> i said english has to be learned as language. >> i love getting up in the morning. i love seeing what the weather is going to be. i love animals. in any mind everything is cool. >> yes, every day is cool. let's get right to our panel this friday afternoon. michael, let me start with you. newt gingrich sounded plain giddy speaking to students yesterday. of course, we in the media dare
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to ask why not get out and let rick santorum and mitt romney go one-on-one. my question to you is newt gingrich continuing to be part of this race of damage to the republican party? >> part a, yes, he's going to be part of the race. for how much longer it remains to be seen. likely to the convention as he made clear on tuesday night that he's going to compete in tampa. that tells me that he plans to be there. with respect to damage to the party, the damage has been done. it's not been the debate around the ideas or the central differences between the damage. the damage has been done from the name calling and the bric-a-bracs that's been throne back and forth. that's what has slowed the process down to crawl to some respect. newt's trying to bring it back up a level. be happy warrior, the happy newt was on display yesterday and the
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day before. i think he's trying to bring that attitude to it and try to move away from and off of the negative conversation that we've seen for the last three or four weeks. >> congratulations. i can see you sitting across from me that you're pregnant. i think you're seven months pregnant. what goes through your mind when you hear candidates talking about banning contraception, talking about transvaginal scans and probes and sonograms and 24 hours delay when a woman may be carrying a deceased fetus ends up requiring a termination. what's your reaction? >> i was always staujly pro-choice before i decided to get pregnant. right now we have legislation in the senate that was bipartisan originally and now it's a highly contested bill and gop senators
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are now sure how they will vote on it. even the most basic things like giving funding for domestic violence or sexual assault centers are now under attack. in terms of the various ways in which these sonogram tests are being forced on women or these ultrasound tests are being forced, i think it's appalling. when i had my first sonogram, i think it radicalize med even more. we're saying not only are you responsible for carrying the fetus to term but you can't make the decision on what you're supposed to do with your body. it's so crude that i'm just amazed this is part of our 2012 election cycle again. >> michael, are you disappointed at the way some of these issues are being characterized at the moment? >> i cannot begin to express my ire with the idiocy be this has
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disclosed as discussion points. as the professor has noted prepare herself for gnaw life. she doesn't need to have this noise in her ears and worry about if she's carrying a daughter, what she will be entering into this world. i think the party needs to step off of this issue. get back to talking about the core issues. let individuals and communities work out for themselves what's in their best interest. >> when you say that that sounds so sensible and reasonable and appropriate. >> you see i'm no longer chairman. >> it sounds to me that reasonableness is really no longer welcome because when you hear what these candidates say, even in unprovoked moment, there does appear to be a desire to
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attack women that just seems unseemly and wrong. >> i won't go to that point and say there's a desire to attack women because i don't believe that's what this is. i think this is come to the land of political. when you get on that terrain, everything is topsy-turvy and distorted. it's not a real reflection of the most important thing we should be doing. i know a lot of these folks that are spouting some of this rhetoric and they're not that kind of person or those type ts of people. i think people have got caught up in this thing that started a few weeks ago that was a legitimate debate that's now what is termed a war on women. i can say i'm not at war with women as a republican and 99.9% of the republicans who i associate with aren't as well. that's why we need to move off of this silliness and get back
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to talking about the core issues that the professor would be concerned about as a mother to be, as a professional woman and a community leader. >> michael steele, a lover of women. thank you for joining us. actor george clooney was released about an hour ago after being arrested outside of sudan embassy. he was arrested this morning protesting an escalating emergence on sudan. he said he could only hope his brief arrest draws attention to this situation. >> you never know if you're accomplishing anything. we're trying to bring attention to a moment in time that's important. we hope that as the people understand there really is a ticking clock on this. we need to get moving. >> next, the president in
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perry and clo green. joining us is michael viqueira. five events, two city, one day. the president is turning into the rolling stones. what's on the agenda today and can you give us a dollar figure for what team obama hopes to raise. >> reporter: i don't think the glimmer twins did five gibbs in one day. he starts his day off in chicago. we seen the president in the loop in downtown chicago. anywhere from 500 to $10,000. larger private dinners later in the night that the attendees fork up the nice right figure of $48,500. add that with the fact that first lady, michelle obama, is at her own fund raisers tonight
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in minneapolis. they definitely have the foot on the gas here at the white house starting with the president raising money tonight in atlanta. we should mention the african-american leadership council with the play wright tyler perry including a dinner at his home. >> you should be his agent after that description. thanks so much. next, mitter versus the president and the subject, planned parenthood. ♪ or creates another laptop bag or hires another employee, it's not just good for business, it's good for the entire community. at bank of america, we know the impact that local businesses have on communities.
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like so many things in life, mitt romney was for planning parenthood before he was against it. this is mitt at a planned parenthood fund-raiser the same
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year his wife gave money. >> my test is pretty simple. is the program so critical it's worth borrowing money from china to pay from it. obvious you get rid of obama care. there are others. planned parenthood, you get rid of that. >> joining us is the chief deputy whip for democrats. >> good afternoon. >> we know that mitt romney holds more positions than a six headed monkey goord, didn't mr. romney chase planned parenthood for an endorsement back in 2002 when he was running for governor of massachusetts? >> exactly. he actually solicited planned parenthood support when he was running for governor. that was at the time when he was a pro-choice governor. he was running as a pro-choice candidate. that was then, i guess.
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he is now 3 million women in one state? >> no, no, that's 3 million women across the country every year that go to planned parenthood. it is tens of thousands of women in illinois that depend on planned parenthood. a number of us came out where mitt romney was having a fund-raising breakfast with the president of the illinois chapter of planned parenthood, and a dozen or so women holding up signs that said keep your mitts off our birth control.
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young women, and moms that don't believe mitt romney ought to be making a campaign issue out of any access to birth control. kind of a reminder that this really is the year 2012. >> indeed. there is a danger here, isn't there. once in office, a president romney is going to feel pressure to prove his conservative -- i'm sure he heard comparisons people make between him and george h.w. bu bush. >> i can't understand if he is trying to come to the suburbs of chicago and play a game of appealing to moderates, wink wink, and to independents and say well, i have been on all sides of the issue in a way, to either present himself as maybe i am more moderate than i sound to them, because i'll tell you, i don't think the position that
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he's taking this hard line on women's healthcare is going to go over well in illinois. i don't know if he is trying to play this subtle game of both sides of the issue. >> congresswoman, i don't understand the position these republicans want to place women in. they condemn the use of contraception, and at the same time then say that ultrasounds are required, there are 24 hour delays for a woman that may require a termination. what is the woman supposed to do when she's in a check mate position. >> exactly. planned parenthood does more than any other single organization to prevent abortions because they do help women with contraceptive, family planning, with birth control, and so you're absolutely right. by taking away birth control, inevitably, the result would be
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more pregnancies, more unplanned pregnancies, and frankly then more abortions, probably unsafe abortions if mitt romney had his way now, he says he wants to see roe versus wade overturned. women are in an impossible situation. i tell you, women are simply not going to go back. there were young women with us today who are completely mystified, really? they want to take away our access to birth control? they will not be voting for the republicans, certainly not for mitt romney. >> congresswoman, thank you for joining us. >> thank you, martin. >> we'll be right back. [ todd ] hello? hello todd. just calling to let you know i'm giving you the silent treatment. so you're calling to tell me you're giving me the silent treatment? ummm, yeah.
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it is time to clear the air. today we have no choice but to defer to analysis of one of the most outspoken defenders of the republican party that this country has ever seen. miss ann coulter. her personal bibliography includes titles like if democrats had any brains, they'd be republicans and demonday i can, how the liberal mob is endangering america, could not by any stretch of the imagination be described as a friend of the president or democrats in general. so it is instructive to hear her assessment of the candidates currently fighting it out for the republican nomination. >> i think our party, and particularly our movement, the conservative movement, does have more of a problem with con men and sharl tons than the democratic party. >> con men and sharl tons. i wonder who could she be referring to? could it be mr. and
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mrs. gingrich who despite having no chance of winning the nomination and told repeatedly to get out of the race continue to travel the country, selling children's books about an elephant. could it be mr. herman cain, whose run for the nomination was so disastrous it left us confused as to whether he was running for president of the united states or the leading proponent of sexual harassment in the workplace. what we do know is mr. herman cain is available as an after dinner speaker. you see, to these candidates, it's all just a business. but perhaps the greatest irony of all is that every day we have to listen to republicans talk about reducing the size of government, removing the safety net, cutting unemployment benefits. mitt romney can't wait to remove funding for planned parenthood, even though that organization is the only source of healthcare for millions of americans. and yet while they talk about cutting the safety net to
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shreds, they all have their eyes on that safety net for failed republican candidates. a contract with fox news. miss coulter is right. everybody knows it. even republicans. thank you for watching. dylan ratigan is in california. i believe later today, you will be appearing on "real time" with bill maher, is that right? >> that's correct. happy st. patrick's day to you. can i pick up on one thing that struck me, i figured so precise and effective with the republicans, the only thing that would really amaze me is if the democrats realize what a bunch of charltons their leadership was, too, in perpetuating everything from credit insurance fraud to basically massive health insurance monopoly give aways. unfortunately we like to fight and point to the other group of charlatans rather than look at

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Martin Bashir
MSNBC March 16, 2012 3:00pm-4:00pm EDT

News/Business. Journalist Martin Bashir uncovers breaking news stories. New.

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